Jack-o'-lanterns are a traditional welcome for trick-or-treaters, a great spooky invitation to drop by for a Halloween surprise. It's something you can make with the leftovers you can't use for cooking and remember, you don’t have to be an expert you just need to devote a little time to making your creepy lantern.
Things you will need:
- Votive Candles/Tea-lights
- Paring Knives
- Cooking Oil
- Felt-tip Pens
- Large Spoon
- Chef's Knives
What to do:
- Select a fresh pumpkin in a shape that you like. Some people prefer their pumpkins low and round, while others like them tall and oval-shaped. SuperValu has them all!
- Draw a circle or hexagon on top of the pumpkin in preparation for making an opening large enough for your hand to reach through.
- Cut through the stem end of the pumpkin along your outline with a sharp knife. Use a back-and-forth slicing motion to cut through the thick, tough skin. This should be done under adult supervision.
- Remove the stem end, which will act as a cap, making sure you scrape off any seeds or pulp.
- Use a large spoon to scoop out the seeds and pulp from inside the pumpkin. Hold the spoon by its bowl to get extra leverage while scooping.
- Draw a pattern for the face on the clean pumpkin with a felt-tip pen, or scribe the lines into the skin using a pencil. Be sure to make the eyes, nose and mouth large enough; you'll have a hard time cutting out tiny features when you're using a big knife blade to saw through tough skin. We have pumpkin faces below to download and print out.
- Follow your pattern as you cut all the way through the pumpkin.
- Push the cut-out features gently from the inside of the pumpkin and discard the pieces.
- Place a votive candle or two inside the pumpkin to create an eerie glow.